Possibility


This is a signal on a concrete wall in Halfway Tree, behind a sagging fence, that the Possibility Program exists. It is an NGO dedicated to helping “unattached” youth (are not in school, working and/or not associated with guardians) get back into society. They learn remedial skills like reading, writing and entrepreneurial tactics. They are between 15 and 18 but Leroy Campbell, who runs the program, says he will keep them for longer if they are doing well. At the end of the program, they will get a certificate and hopefully employment. They also do an internship. Campbell told me the other day that they also go on trips around the island. Some have never gone beyond their communities, so he recently took them on a tour of the airport, to the North Coast and the post office. Many of them live and work on the streets, wiping windscreens or begging for money. When they get some, they like to buy food (mostly KFC or Burger King or cook rice) and clothes so they can go to the parties late at night. Many of them live in small groups on the street, some in a nearby cemetery, where they look out for one another. They cook rice for each other if they get some money. That’s the only way to live, they say, is in groups, so they can protect each other, both from others on the streets and the police. Check out another post I wrote about the program here.

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  1. Delighted to see this follow up piece.Regards,John From: Jamaican Journal To: johnwilson106@yahoo.ca Sent: Thursday, December 4, 2014 6:57 AM Subject: [New post] Possibility #yiv0419340448 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv0419340448 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv0419340448 a.yiv0419340448primaryactionlink:link, #yiv0419340448 a.yiv0419340448primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv0419340448 a.yiv0419340448primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv0419340448 a.yiv0419340448primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv0419340448 WordPress.com | Kate Chappell posted: “This is a signal on a concrete wall in Halfway Tree, behind a sagging fence, that the Possibility Program exists. It is an NGO dedicated to helping “unattached” youth (are not in school, working and/or not associated with guardians) get back into soci” | |

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